In the early 1960's, sixteen year old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in the London suburb of Twickenham. On her father's wishes, everything that Jenny does is in the sole pursuit of being accepted into Oxford, as he wants her to have a better life than he. Jenny is bright, pretty, hard working but also naturally gifted. The only problems her father may perceive in her life is her issue with learning Latin, and her dating a boy named Graham, who is nice but socially awkward. Jenny's life changes after she meets David Goldman, a man over twice her age. David goes out of his way to show Jenny and her family that his interest in her is not improper and that he wants solely to expose her to cultural activities which she enjoys. Jenny quickly gets accustomed to the life to which David and his constant companions, Danny and Helen, have shown her, and Jenny and David's relationship does move into becoming a romantic one. However, Jenny slowly learns more about David, and by association ...Written by
While not a terrible movie, "An Education" is far from new or interesting. The plot is completely predictable... such a cliché it really needs a curve ball to compensate. But it doesn't provide one. I had no idea Hornby was capable of such pabulum (I've loved everything else he's written). In fact, the resolution is so tame, harmless, unearned it feels like a perfume commercial. This is lazy film-making, and based on the critical reviews I really expected more. The acting is very good, as are costumes, but I was left with a great big sense of WHO CARES? Compared to Amelie, Guinevere, and Wish You Were Here, true masterpieces of female coming-of-age, this is a sodden piece of chintz.
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